Photo by Randy Fath

I moved to Los Angeles in the summer of two thousand eighteen with forty dollars, carry-on bags, and my three-year-old daughter Lydia. I was fleeing domestic violence and habitual child abuse. I had a restraining order against Lydia’s mom, but Lydia’s child abuse injunction had expired. We slept in a motel I couldn’t even afford the deposit on after begging the owner to let us get a room. In the morning I checked out and carried Lydia, two back packs, and an over the shoulder bag to the Department of Public Social Services. Walking for the first time in the…


Photo by Fikry Anshor

It turns out happiness is cheaper than we bargained for. Steve Quartz became disillusioned with the idea of anti-consumerism and adopted a pro consumerist stance that he shared in an article entitled Why buying things makes you happy. PBS News Hour published this article as an online feature in their financial resources section entitled Making $ense. In the editor’s note Kristen Doerer states that the author Steve, “argues that, contrary to popular belief, consumerism isn’t so bad after all.” Despite challenging a belief that he regards as widely held Steve relies heavily on his own beliefs, vague references to studies…


I’m lying in a field looking up at the sky watching storm clouds gather like they’re invited to a party. My umbrella is in the car and usually I’d run for it, but I’m hoping the rain will wash away this feeling. I’m barely eighteen, but I feel like an adult now. I’m finally crossing over to the place that kills your innocence.

The thunder starts like the growl of a tiger and crashes like dishes in the kitchen when my mom’s drunk. My cigarette is soaked before I can take a final drag. The wind is like an ambient…


Photo by Muhammadtaha Ibrahim Ma’aji

Rachel Dolezal’s Blackness is more than a little white lie. It is a scarlet letter she wears in public and it follows her everywhere she goes. Rachel Dolezal lived as a Black woman for almost a decade before her parents finally exposed her truth. Journalists descended and aired her dirty laundry for the whole world to see. Rachel Dolezal did not usher in a new age transcending race and creating peace and harmony. She hurt countless people and discredited herself and others. …


Photo by FOODISM360

Food justice seems to be a trending topic these days. From food deserts and the need for more access to fresh produce, to black and brown communities and the health disparities caused by food inequity, governments, nonprofits, and local community groups are talking about food. There is one group that is consistently being left out of the conversation though. Inmates. Americans serving time in prisons and jails are not being included in all the progressive feel good policies and strategies aimed at Americans who can better their lives and extend their life expectancy if they simply improve their diets. Despite…


Photo by Tim Hüfner

Americans are fed up and sick of injustice, but many inmates are sick because of what America’s justice system is feeding them. As public opinion and profit driven decision-making force policy makers to rethink mass incarceration and invest in the expansion of community supervision there may be a public health crisis looming on the horizon. According to Wendy Sawyer and Peter Wagner in “Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2020,” published by the Prison Policy Initiative, a Massachusetts based criminal justice think-tank, there are an estimated 2.3 million people confined in America’s state and federal prisons, jails, juvenile correctional facilities, immigration…


Photo by Ronda Darby

Manifest Destiny and the American lie

The American Lie

The falsehood that the United States of America represents freedom is a blatantly fictionalized unconcealed lie. The nation was founded and formed by privileged White men who used a republican system of governance to increase their own power and wealth while restricting the movement and suppressing the freedoms of others. From Article 1, Section 9, Clause 1 of the U.S. Constitution which codified the racialized enslavement of African Americans up until the current federal sentencing guidelines that disproportionately target and incarcerate African Americans for nonviolent drug crimes, the legal system of America has always…


Daddy Milagro

No service? You’ve got to be kidding me! My older brother, James, is in LA with the house to himself. He’s probably in the jacuzzi surrounded by hot girls right now. Meanwhile, I’m in some European backwater that has been decaying since the fall of the U.S.S.R. I looked over at my mom and I could feel myself making a face. Why did she have to be so happy about this? After the drama at school died down my depression didn’t go away fast enough. When treating me, as if I was one of her patients didn’t work…

Daddy Milagro

DILF

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store